The Chilterns are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty formed of chalk hills, and appear as an escarpment about 30 miles northwest of London. They include many hidden dry valleys and chalk streams as well as the Thames river, which has cut its way dramatically through this landscape. So for cycling and walking the Chilterns are a wonderfully challenging area to take a holiday.

Many attractive villages and inns are nestled in the hills and valleys as well as ancient towns. Above all the Chilterns are known for their numerous ancient beech woods and the red kites that fly high up in the hills.

For cyclists, there are many hills and few bike paths. But for those in the know, it is possible to ride for a day virtually traffic free and with few slopes using good quality bridleways and towpaths. For walkers the area is a dream (although challenging) with a great variety of landscapes and cosy pubs.